Winter is just around the corner, so it’s time to prepare your HVAC system for the upcoming temperature change. The last thing you want to deal with is a cold home during the winter. Below are some tips to help you prepare your HVAC system for the cold weather ahead.

1. Keep Things Clean
Make sure nothing is blocking the air vents in your home. If the vents are covered with furniture, boxes, or other things, you’ll start feeling a general decline in warmth as the season goes on. Your furnace will have to work harder, thus shortening its life as well as increasing your energy bill.

2. Test Your Furnace
Make sure your furnace starts up and listen for any unusual sounds, such as banging or clicking. Some problems can develop with your heating system during the off-season. You don’t want to find out when it’s cold outside that your furnace needs servicing.

3. Change the Air Filter
It’s important to change out the air filters on a regular basis. A monthly inspection is best to assess if they are dirty or clogged. Dirty filters can cause your system to work harder, resulting in lower efficiency as well as poor air quality. Regularly filter changes will keep your HVAC system operating efficiently throughout the winter season, as well as year-round.

4. Consider Installing a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable and smart thermostats were designed to save you money on your energy bills while keeping your home comfortable in even the most extreme temperatures. With a programmable thermostat, you can program it for a lower temperature during the night or when you’re not home, thus saving you on your energy bill.

5. Schedule a Professional Maintenance Checkup
Schedule a professional heating system maintenance appointment. One of the best ways to ensure your heating unit is prepared for the cold weather is to have it professionally inspected. Saterlee Plumbing will fully inspect your furnace or heat pump and prepare it to keep you warm all winter long. If we find anything wrong, we discuss with you the options to fix it.

If you’re interested in preparing your heating unit for the upcoming cold weather, give Satterlee Plumbing & HVAC a call today!

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